The namesake neighborhood is a covetable address where most old and new homes enjoy sweeping views of Aspen Mountain and its proximity to Aspen’s downtown.

Welcome to Smuggler

A vibrant neighborhood with million-dollar views of Aspen Mountain.
Smuggler is located at the base of Smuggler Mountain, home to sweeping views of Aspen Mountain. The village is the aftermath of Smuggler Mine, a famous mining area in the early 1900s. Today, the town is as renowned as its historical past. This quaint city is overflowing with charm yet is conveniently located just a few miles from Downtown.

What to love

  • Close proximity to Downtown Aspen
  • Panoramic views
  • Outdoor thrills
  • History meet modernity
  • Laid-back lifestyle

People and Lifestyle

Smuggler still contains traces of its rich mining history, and there is an old-meets-new atmosphere everywhere you go. If you’re seeking a relaxed setting that is in proximity to all the action, Smuggler is the place for you. When it comes to ways to enjoy nature, residents have plenty of options. From leisurely walks to more adventurous activities like hiking or snowboarding, there are plenty of activities in which to participate while marveling at the beauty of your surroundings.

Dining, Entertaining, and Shopping

Just a few miles away from Smuggler, Downtown Aspen is an exciting place to explore. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, art galleries, and world-class shops.
There are a myriad of dining options offering different international cuisines. If you are craving Asian food, check out the Bamboo Bear Restaurant. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has the best-tasting pho in town, which is the perfect antidote for cold weather.
Jour De Fête is well-known for its delis and sandwiches and is a great place to eat breakfast if you don't mind a big crowd. Its most popular food items include bread and pastries, burritos, salad, eggs, and hot drinks. If you want to get some quick snacks or cooking ingredients, head to The Butcher's Block. This high-end grocery store has a deli as well as desserts, fresh fish, meats, and gourmet items.
There are a few shops near Smuggler, most of which offer outdoor gear and rentals. Stapleton Ski at 430 S. Spring St. has sportswear, tour packages, and bike rentals. The shop has a friendly staff who are experts on bikes and scooters.
If you want to shop for clothes and apparel, Mark Richards of Aspen is one spot you don’t want to miss. This spot carries a high-quality coat collection, scarves, knitted hats, and their signature caps. Gorsuch Aspen is another great destination for women's clothing, ski and snowboards, and snowshoes.
For nighttime entertainment, head to Downtown Aspen. Here, you can select from the plethora of pubs, clubs, and bars. Check out the famous Wheeler Opera House or Belly Up for the best concerts and musical performances.

What to Do

The Smuggler Hiking Trail provides a year-round dog-friendly outdoor activity. There is an observation deck on its slope where you can see the whole town and other cities in Aspen. The view deck will also give you a front-row seat to the picturesque views of the Aspen Mountains and Roaring Fork Valley.
To learn more about the neighborhood's history, take a tour at the Smuggler Mine--the famed site where the country's largest silver nugget was extracted.
If you love the outdoors, there are many activities from which to choose. You can go biking, hiking, rafting, and fly fishing in the nearby water. The Rocky Mountains have many trails, rivers, campsites, and skiing resorts waiting for you to explore. Perhaps the best place for skiing is the 3,000-foot Ajax Mountain.


Schools near Smuggler include:
  • Aspen Elementary School: Public, PK-4
  • Aspen Middle School: Public, 5-8
  • Aspen High School: Public, 9-12

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